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NHTSA Works to Prevent Accidents Through Law Enforcement

Many of the millions of auto accidents that take place each year in the United States are preventable.  Whether a driver is distracted or breaking the law, research indicates that drivers tend to follow the rules of the road and practice safer driving when they believe there is a threat of sanctions by law enforcement.  Because of this research, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed programs to help train law enforcement agencies and officers on how to encourage drivers to follow the law and prevent accidents.  However, in the event you are involved in an accident because a driver is not following traffic laws, a Coweta County auto accident attorney can help you recover for your personal injury.

 

The NHTSA encourages law enforcement to practice High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) as their primary traffic safety tool.  Instead of trying to be sneaky and hide in order to catch violators, HVE involves law enforcement making themselves seen and heard in hopes of promoting voluntary compliance with the traffic laws.  HVE tactics include the public seeing high levels of traffic enforcement, such as openly visible police cars, speeding or sobriety checkpoints, and public education programs.

 

There are three main components to accident prevention through HVE.  These include:

 

  • Enforcement: making sure the public openly views a high amount of law enforcement
  • Publicity: educating the public on why laws are in place and why they are actively enforced
  • Visibility elements: showing the public which laws are actively being enforced, i.e. post signs announcing an upcoming sobriety checkpoint

 

The NHTSA also provides toolkits and public education materials for law enforcement regarding driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and teen drivers.

 

Though such agencies are actively trying to work with law enforcement for auto accident prevention, accidents still happen at a high rate everyday.  If someone breaks a traffic law and causes you personal injury in a resulting accident, it is important to contact an accident lawyer as soon as possible to start on your case.  Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free initial consultation.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia